Plot, Structure, Theme, Planning

Blog posts on The Kill Zone about planning your novel or short story, and also thoughts/tips on theme, plot, and structure.

Most recent at the top. Click on the title to go to the article. 

- The Muddy Middle: Where Good Plots Go to Die, by PJ Parrish, Jan 28, 2014

~ How to Write a Novel Readers Won't Put Down, by James Scott Bell, Jul 14, 2013


~ Transitions: Building bridges between your plot islands, by P.J. Parrish, Oct 15, 2013


~ Remodeling, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Nov 11, 2013


~ Got Theme? By Kathryn Lilley, Nov 05, 2013



~ The End, by Boyd Morrison, Sep 30, 2013

~ The Magical Midpoint Moment, by James Scott Bell, Jul 07, 2013
  

~ A Key to Creating Conflict in Fiction, by James Scott Bell, Jun 23, 2013








~ Have Gun? Won't Travel. By Boyd Morrison, Jan 14, 2013


~ World Building – Indigo-style, by Jordan Dane, Dec 20, 2012

 ~ Kick starting your story, by Joe Moore, Nov 07, 2012


~ How to Write a Novella, by James Scott Bell, Aug 12, 2012


~ Successful Fiction Begins With a Great Concept, by James Scott Bell, Jul 01, 2012


~ Magic Words, by Joe Moore, June 27, 2012


~ Plotting for Success, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, May 28, 2012 


~ The Author's Bucket List on Plot Structure, by Jordan Dane, Mar 01, 2012     

~ THE PLOT THICKENS...OR MAYBE THINS. By John Ramsey Miller, Nov 05, 2011
 



~ Blind Baby Raised by Worms, by Joe Moore, May 04, 2011

~ Can Your Character Go the Distance? By Jordan Dane, Dec 15, 2010


~ How Many Subplots is Too Many? By James Scott Bell, May 09, 2010


~ The Plot Thickens, by Joe Moore, Feb 24, 2010 
  

~ Hanging Upside Down and Other Creative Moves, by James Scott Bell, Sep 20, 2009


~ Are You Motivated? By Joe Moore, Aug 26, 2009


~ Beware the Clunky Plot Device, by Michelle Gagnon, Oct 07, 2009


~ Developing a Theme Through Characters, by Kathryn Lilley, April 20, 2009  



The Kill Zone: Story Logic—Spell It Out, by L.J. Sellers, Dec 18, 2008
Lists compiled by Jodie Renner

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